The Lipid Hypothesis for Cardiovascular Disease Is Challenged and Weakness Exposed

ACSH - Aug 28 2017 - 07:08

The reigning theory underlying cardiovascular disease, the lipid hypothesis, suffered a defeat this week at the hands of the inflammatory hypothesis when canakinumab, a human monoclonal antibody that targets interleukin-1β [1] was shown to reduce cardiovascular events in the absence of lipid lowering.

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WSJ, National Review, USA Today And A Film Crew Visit As We Extend Our Outreach

ACSH - Aug 28 2017 - 06:08

1. A Herpes vaccine is a lot more tricky than it may seem, given the number of people who have it, and have had it for thousands of years. A film crew for a documentary tentatively titled "Patient Zero" visited the office to interview medicinal chemistry expert Dr. Josh Bloom, due to his series of articles on three competing vaccines jockeying to solve this problem.

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An Advance in the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease

ACSH - Aug 28 2017 - 02:08

The FDA has just approved a reformulation of amantadine for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease, and it is a significant step forward.

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The Incredible Shrinking Cattle of Amsterdam Island

ACSH - Aug 25 2017 - 20:08

Researchers describe wild cattle on Amsterdam Island in the southern Indian Ocean that lost about 25% of their body size in just over 100 years.

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You Can Have Too Much Of A Good Thing — Even HDL Cholesterol

ACSH - Aug 25 2017 - 15:08

So we all know that there's good and bad cholesterol (HDL and LDL respectively). And if we want to avoid certain types of heart and circulatory problems, we want to lower the bad and raise the good. But how high is high enough? And is it possible to get the good type too high? If the results of a recent study are confirmed, yes, having too high a level of HDL cholesterol won't help your heart.

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FDA To Change How Prescription Drugs And Biologics Are Advertised

ACSH - Aug 25 2017 - 13:08

Who among us hasn’t chuckled at a television prescription drug ad when it ventures into a litany of wide-ranging potential side effects like anal leakage to erections lasting more than four hours? With direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing today, product overstatements of health benefits with simultaneous minimization of possible harms has become the norm. The FDA wants to change that.

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Savoring Coffee Without Sugar Works Best to Cut Calories, Study Says

ACSH - Aug 25 2017 - 12:08

It's not a new idea that one relatively easy way to eliminate calories is to refrain from adding sugar, whenever possible, to foods and drinks we consume. And trimming it from coffee consumption is an obvious place to start. 

But once that choice is made, the next issue is: What's the best way to adapt to a reduced-sugar or sugar-free cup, to ensure that the change will become permanent? Eliminating the sweetener over time, or cutting it out "cold turkey" in one fell swoop?

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Not Even Paltrow's GOOP Is Above The Law

ACSH - Aug 25 2017 - 12:08

Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle company, Goop, may think that the products they sell are helpful but others disagree. The controversy has evolved into a formal complaint filed against Goop - a move that starts the legal ball rolling down Goop's vaginal egg lined path.

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Nitro-Coffee: Good Science Or Nitrogenous Waste?

ACSH - Aug 25 2017 - 07:08

America's love affair with coffee bubbled to the surface in 2013 when nitrogen-infused coffee made its appearance in Oregon. Nitro-coffee? Is this a silly fad, or is there some science behind it? Let this article percolate for a while and you'll see. 

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Activity Inequality - What does that mean?

ACSH - Aug 25 2017 - 03:08

A recent issue of Nature featured an article entitled Large-scale physical activity data reveal worldwide activity inequality. I admit two things drew me to the article, the data, and the term inequality. First, let’s consider how and what they found. Rather than relying on self-reported estimates or wearable sensors, the data, on walking, was derived from the pedometers (actually accelerometers) found in smartphones. Your iPhone can indeed be used for research.

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Diagnosing Cancer with a Blood Test

ACSH - Aug 24 2017 - 17:08

Imagine a world where a blood test, as easy as checking for high cholesterol, could give you an answer regarding whether or not you have cancer. 

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Dog Gives Woman Fatal Tularemia, A Potential Bioterrorism Agent

ACSH - Aug 24 2017 - 17:08

In its latest weekly report, the CDC details the case of a woman from Arizona who died from tularemia, a rare disease that she acquired from her dog.

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Avogadro's Avocados - A Huge Number Of Conflicting Folate Stories

ACSH - Aug 24 2017 - 11:08

Enough already! Please stop with the avocado stories I'm begging you. Fine, the damn things contain a lot of folic acid, which may or may not cause or prevent cancer, keep your hair from turning gray, and may be contributing to the demise of the English language. And it's all about the biochemistry of endogenous formaldehyde. Prepare to be confused. 

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Harvard's Continued Embrace of Integrative Medicine Finds a Partner and a New Conflict of Interest

ACSH - Aug 24 2017 - 02:08

The literature is filled to overflowing with 'publish or perish" articles, how do we know what to read? Well, the same people that brought you so, so many articles have a curated solution to your current awareness overload.

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Why Would the EU Put the Kabash on Bayer's Acquisition of Monsanto?

ACSH - Aug 23 2017 - 17:08

Mergers may be a great business decision, but they may not be great for society. If the EU is not distracted by politics and anti-GMO activists -- and if it is able to focus solely on the economic pros and cons of a merger -- it is engaging in appropriate regulatory oversight. But that's a big "if."

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HIV's Cut and Paste Inspires Cancer Cure

ACSH - Aug 23 2017 - 15:08

Cancer immunotherapy is generating a level of excitement in the medical and scientific community, the likes of which are unprecedented.  One scientist's research on HIV led him to consider using the HIV virus to kill cancer cells.  Cancer immunotherapy could very possibly be the cure for cancer.

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Fascinating Findings Linking Muhammad Ali's Speech to Head Blows, Includes Concerns

ACSH - Aug 23 2017 - 14:08

A fascinating presentation is taking place today in Stockholm, and the subject is the neurological brain damage suffered by Muhammad Ali over the course of his legendary boxing career.

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Big Brother's Latest Blow To Patient Privacy

ACSH - Aug 23 2017 - 13:08

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a 2014 U.S. District Court ruling that affirmed patients had a reasonable expectation of privacy with respect to their prescription records and mandated a court order be required before allowing federal agents the ability to obtain such data. The medical consequences are unfavorable.

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Will Winning The Lottery Make You Happier? It Depends On Your Disposition

ACSH - Aug 23 2017 - 11:08

Whether you end up a multi-millionaire for life or lose all your winnings and become homeless within the first year of winning the lottery is already predetermined — by your disposition. So if you buy a ticket for this week's Powerball, ask yourself first, "Am I a negative Nancy or a positive Pete?"

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